Gymnasts of the Year
Jake Barrett, Braintree, junior
Barrett was the most consistent gymnast for coach Richard Ellis this season. At the state meet, he finished first in the all-around (43.75), placing first in the rings (7.6) and having top-six finishes in the five other events.
Paige Bukowski, Andover, freshman
Bukowski came into the state meet already established as one of the top gymnasts after winning the North all-around title. She won the state all-around title (37.725), finishing first in the beam (9.725) and floor (9.5).
Samuel Arber, Newton South, sophomore
The 2016 Globe Gymnast of the Year, Arber placed second (43.55) in the state all-around. The sophomore was also first on the floor (8.2) and on the vault (8.7) at states to help Newton win the state title.
Colin Babineau, Braintree, sophomore
A two-time All-Scholastic, Babineau had a finish similar to his freshman year. He was fifth in the state all-around at 39.60. He finished in the top 10 in four of the six events with a third-place finish in the vault.
Danielle Brucato, Holliston, senior
The 2016 Globe Gymnast of the Year was part of the Medway/Holliston/Millis co-operative team, winning a state title in the vault (9.7). She was eighth (36.425) at states and ninth at New Englands in all-around.
Isiah Cato, Braintree, senior
Cato didn’t know if he was going to compete this season after a foot injury sidelined him for the first half of the winter. He ended his senior season with a state championship after scoring an 8.00 on pommel horse.
Peter Chea, Lowell, junior
Chea was the leader and top all-around gymnast for Lowell at the state meet with a seventh-place all-around finish (36.350). He tied for sixth place (7.8) in the vault and is looking at a career in engineering after his 2018 graduation.
Chloe Covell, Ashland, senior
The Ashland student competed as part of the Medfield/Ashland/Dover-Sherborn co-operative team. She was named to the 2017 senior national team after finishing 10th in the state all-around, placing second on floor and third on vault.
Sophia Cutler, Dover-Sherborn, junior
Cutler helped her team finish third at the state meet and will be the team’s captain next season. She finished fourth (36.9) in the state all-around and came in sixth on uneven bars at the New Englands.
Jacob Forbes, Newton North, freshman
Forbes was state champion on the horizontal bar (7.7) and parallel bars (7.6), and third (42.85) in the all-around to lead the Tigers to a third straight team state title. Forbes also enjoys golf and writing for the school newspaper.
Lily Goulding, Mansfield, freshman
Goulding is one of the rising stars for Mansfield after a second-place all-around finish (36.775) in the South sectionals. She finished seventh (36.475) in the all-around at the state meet. Her average all-around score was 36.5125.
Laura Hernandez, Newton South, senior
Hernandez ended her season with a second-place finish in the Dual County League all-around competition and was tied for seventh (35.350) at the North sectionals all-around. She will attend Notre Dame.
Julia Hill, Mansfield, sophomore
Hill became a state champion in the uneven bars (9.5) this season. She finished sixth in the state all-around (36.525) and has become one of coach Nikki Longo’s most consistent gymnasts. Hill is a two-time Hockomock League All-Star.
Olivia Keyes, Bridgewater-Raynham, freshman
Keyes finished in the top five in all four events to lead her team to a state title. She was second in the state all-around (37.425), while finishing first in the all-around at the USA gymnastics level-9 state championships.
Olivia Kmito, Bridgewater-Raynham, sophomore
After a 10-0 regular season, Kmito led her team to the MIAA state championship. At individuals, she won the vault and was third on the uneven bars. At the state meet, she finished tied for 11th in the all-around.
Keara Loughlin, Central Catholic, senior
Loughlin made a senior-year statement with a first-place finish in the all-around at the Merrimack Valley Conference meet. She finished fifth (36.775) at states and second (37.400) in the North sectional all-around.
Kaitlyn McDonald, Andover, senior
McDonald was the MVC Senior Gymnast of the Year. She was third (37.0) in the North sectional all-around (37.0) and tied for seventh (35.700) at the state all-around. She will attend the University of New England.
Kristen O’Toole, Medway, senior
O’Toole finished her career with a third-place finish (37.375) in the all-around at the state meet as Medway took fifth as a team. She placed second (9.650) in vault and third (9.350) on floor at the state meet.
Anthony Petrizzi, Burlington, senior
Petrizzi missed last season’s state meet due to illness. So as captain this season, he was ready to compete and finished in the top 10 in five of six events at states. He finished fourth in the all-around (42.45).
Julie Schoen, Newton South, sophomore
After winning the Dual County League all-around title (37.1), Schoen was fourth (36.325) at the North sectionals and ninth (35.875) at states in the all-around. She’s was named DCL Gymnast of the Year.
Coaches of the Year
Stephen Cudworth, Bridgewater-Raynham girls
After a 10-0 regular season and a third-place finish at the MIAA South sectional, the Trojans won their first team championship in Cudworth’s 10-year tenure. He has earned Cranberry League Coach of the Year four times.
Bill Martin, Newton North/South boys
Martin won a third straight boys state title. He was a gymnast at Newton High School in 1965 and won back-to-back Suburban Championships. He was inducted into the Newton/Newton North Hall of Fame in 2015.
Bay State — Braintree: Emma Gately. Framingham: Sara Anastasi, Amanda Fawell, Rachel Lew. Natick: Carmen Canino, Annie Gee. Needham: Amanda Cohen, Natalie Hallagan, Megan Tormey. Newton North: Lexie Chu, Izzy Day, Amy Shen. Norwood: Amanda Olbrys. Wellesley: Julian Von Hofe. Weymouth: Leah Pineau, Victoria Vatalaro.
Cape Ann/Northeastern — Beverly: Maddie Beverly, Alahna Guy, Chloe Kavanaugh, Kara MacGilvary, Sam Rennie. Essex Tech: Aldair Smart. Masconomet: Nicole Bonacorso, Cat DiNanno, Caroline Sordello. Salem: Maggie Smart. Winthrop: Danielle Carter, Christa Vaccaro (MVP).
Cranberry — Barnstable: Jenna Fraser, Lauren Hansen. Bridgewater-Raynham: Julia Chase, Madelyn DeAndrade, Kara Devereaux, Natalia Goodine, Olivia Keyes, Olivia Kmito, Nina Petti, Allison Silva. Case: Ashley Macek, Danielle Rounds. Falmouth: Zoe Cann, Ian Irving, Allison Kondracki, Sydney Pinsonneault. Hanover: Sophia Baker, Lauren Galotti (MVP). Hingham: Elizabeth Hennessy, Sophie Spielberger. Scituate: David Durante. Notre Dame (Hingham): Meghan Burnes, Kristen Doyle, Kelsie Dwyer, Carly Pattison, Lauren Trifone, Emma Troiano. Pembroke: Tori Newton. Silver Lake: Calliste Brookshire. Plymouth North: Bree Ferrell, Shauna Riordan. Plymouth South: Nicole LaFountain.
Dual County — Acton-Boxboro: Justine Holt, Nira McNiven, Leah Mills, Nicole Wood. Cambridge: Tam Watzman. Newton South: Danielle DiNisco, Laura Hernandez, Arielle Oliveira, Julie Schoen (MVP), Claire Slack. Westford: Kiana Brown, Jelina Farrell, Joscelyn Paglia, Mia Previte.
Greater Boston — Malden: Kaytlin Kwong, Kevin Ruan, Jenna Vanella. Medford: Abby Cline, Kiley Mahoney, Olivia Ross.
Hockomock — Attleboro: Emma Humphrey, Ali Kleinbreil (MVP). King Philip: Sidney Treeful. Mansfield: Kira Goldman, Lily Goulding, Julia Hill. North Attleborough: Cassidy Becker, Bella Celeste, Alonza Robinson. Oliver Ames: Charis MacCuish, Gianna Martucci, Lauren Picanzi.
Merrimack Valley — Andover: Paige Bukowski, Kaitlyn McDonald. Billerica: Erin Huckins, Molly Jones, Jamie Sharp. Central Catholic: Keara Loughlin. Chelmsford: Casey Dillon, Jennifer Murphy. Dracut: Samantha Cardillo, Bryce MacDonald. Haverhill: Arieana DeCosta, Lilly Mullaney. Lowell: Abigail O’Keefe, Jillian Reid. Methuen: Dana Littlefield, Adiamis Ramos. North Andover: Brenna MacMillan, Katie Smolag. Tewksbury: Sarah Polimeno, Kara Sands.
Middlesex (Freedom) — Burlington: Caitlin Atwood, Madison McEachern. Melrose: Katie Wright. Stoneham: Keara Cronin, Megan Ribaudo.
Middlesex (Liberty) — Reading: Jordyn Castelli, Madeline Doyle, Emily Eagleston. Winchester: Dan Barskiy, Kevin Liu, Alissa Yang. Woburn: Brooklyn Manna.
How we picked the team
The All-Scholastic boys’ and girls’ gymnastic teams were selected by the school sports staff. Selection is limited to MIAA schools that compete in EMass leagues. Text by Brian Mozey. Photos by Mark Lorenz.